Reviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: This is a book of lists lists of diagnoses that should be considered in the differential when evaluating a patient. It is essentially what is commonly referred to as a book of pearls, i.e., individual observations that can be relied upon to help one in the everyday practice of medicine.
Purpose: The author is a long-time, experienced clinician who has put his thoughts concerning the anatomy, physiology, physical findings, and differential down in this book. The desire of every educator is to leave his/her students with concepts that they can look back on this book embodies that wish.
Audience: This is a book for all to learn from. The author is a most experienced teacher and clearly a unique authority.
Features: The lists can be easily remembered. The salient points of each chapter and subsection are simple and clear. The book does assume that readers have some knowledge of medicine, making detailed explanations unnecessary.
Assessment: As a pocket-sized reference with no extraneous material, this is a fine memory adjunct for all clinicians.